Korea American Football Association

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Korea American Football Association
Kafa logo.gif
Korea American Football Association's logo
Formation 1945
Type Non-profit
Headquarters Seoul
Official language
Korean (KR)
Chairman
Park Kyung-Kyu
Website KAFA.org

The Korea American Football Association (KAFA, Korean: 대한미식축구협회, Hanja: 大韓美式蹴球協會) has existed in South Korea for more than 20 years. The popularity of American football in Korea has been historically low, but with the visit of Hines Ward (a Korean born NFL football star with the Pittsburgh Steelers) in 2006, the sport received a modest level of increased appeal. Within Korea, KAFA is a sports governing body over both traditional football with pads and also flag football.

Traditional football leagues within Korea are divided between university and senior (KNFL) teams. There are three championship bowl games of special note that occur at the end of the season. The Tiger Bowl determines the champions of the University league, the Gwangaeto Bowl determines the champions of the KNFL, and finally the Kimchi Bowl, the Korean equivalent of Japan's Rice Bowl, pits the University champion against the KNFL champion.

KNFL[edit]

In 2015, there were seven teams in the KNFL, divided into two divisions (북부리그 North Division, 남부리그 South Division). The top two seeds of each division played in a four-team semifinal playoffs. Winners of the semifinals played in the Gwanggaeto Bowl Championship. The KNFL Champion played the Korean University League Champion in the Kimchee Bowl.

Starting in 2016, the KNFL has changed to a full league format. Each of the seven teams play one another. The two teams with the best regular season records face off in the Gwanggaeto Bowl. The KNFL Champion plays the Korean University League Champion in the Kimchi Bowl.



Gwangaeto Bowl Champions[edit]

# Date Champion 2nd Place Score Stadium
1 1996.1.7 Seven Six Leos 20 - 6 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
2 1997.1.19 Bluegons Blue Friends 18 - 6 Busan Sagick Stadium
3 1998.1.11 Seven Six Bluegons 6 - 0 Kyungsung University Stadium
4 1999.1.10 Blue Friends Caps 12 - 6 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
5 2000.1.9 Red Stars Caps 32 - 22 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
6 2001.1.14 Red Stars Scholars 20 - 6 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
7 2002.1.13 Seven Six Red Stars 18 - 12 Daegu Dooryu Stadium
8 2003.1.12 Scholars Caps 18 - 12 Busan National University Stadium
9 2004.1.18 Caps (Seoul Golden Eagles) Bluegons 17 - 6 Busan National University Stadium
10 2005.1.16 Halraes Seven Six 14 - 7 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
11 2005.12.18 Seoul Vikings Caps 33 - 21 Yongin University Stadium
12 2006.12.10 Gryphons Seoul Vikings 19 - 10 Seoul National University Stadium
13 2007.12.2 Gryphons ADT Caps 23 - 13 Yongin University Stadium
14 2008.12.7 Seoul Vikings ADT Caps 28 - 3 Namyangju Stadium
15 2009.12.6 ADT Caps Seoul Vikings 13 - 0 Namyangju Stadium
16 2010.12.12 Daegu Phoenix ADT Caps 14 - 7 Namyangju Stadium
17 2011.12.4 Seoul Warriors Domino 16 - 13 Seoul Yongsan SIMS Stadium
18 2012.12.2 Seoul Vikings Seoul Warriors 14 - 7 Seoul Yongsan SIMS Stadium
19 2013.11.24 Seoul Vikings Seoul Golden Eagles 26 - 23 Seoul Yongsan SIMS Stadium
20 2014.11.16 Samsung BlueStorm Daegu Phoenix 28 - 13 Jinyeong Stadium
21 2015.11.15 Seoul Golden Eagles Daegu Phoenix 22 - 14 Haany University Stadium
22 2016.11.20 Daegu Phoenix Samsung Bluestorm 34 - 20 SeoChang Stadium in Yangsan

Kimchi Bowl[edit]

Main article: Kimchi Bowl

The Kimchi Bowl is the final championship game of KAFA. The game pits the KNFL team that has won the Gwanggaeto Bowl against the university team that has won the Tiger bowl.

Kimchi Bowl Champions[edit]

# Date Champion 2nd Place Score Stadium
1 1996.1.14 DongA University Seven Six 12 - 7 Busan Sagick Stadium
2 1997.1.26 Bluegons Keimyung University 28 - 18 Busan Sagick Stadium
3 1998.1.18 Kyungpook National University Seven Six 47 - 6 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
4 1999.1.17 DongA University Blue Friends 35 - 22 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
5 2000.1.16 DongA University Red Stars 19 - 14 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
6 2001.1.21 Red Stars Kyungsung University 13 - 0 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
7 2002.1.27 Seven Six Kyungsung University 27 - 14 Daegu Dooryu Stadium
8 2003.1.19 Gumoh National University Scholars 7 - 6 Busan National University Stadium
9 2004.1.1 Caps (Seoul Golden Eagles) DongA University 23 - 17 Busan National University Stadium
10 2005.1.30 Halraes Gumoh National University 27 - 12 Seoul Hyochang Stadium
11 2006.1.8 DongA University Seoul Vikings 7 - 6 Keimyung University Stadium
12 2007.1.14 Busan Gryphons DongEui University 37 - 0 Busan National University Stadium
13 2008.1.6 Busan Gryphons DongEui University 21 - 12 Busan National University Stadium
14 2009.1.11 Seoul Vikings DongEui University 20 - 14 Namyangju Sports Complex
15 2010.1.10 Busan National University ADT Caps 34 - 13 Namyangju Sports Complex
16 2011.1.9 Daegu Phoenix Busan National University 40 - 24 Kyungpook National University Stadium
17 2012.1.8 Seoul Warriors Busan National University 14 - 0 Seoul Yongsan SIMS Stadium
18 2012.12.30 Seoul Vikings Hanyang University 23 - 0 Pocheon Sports Complex
19 2013.12.1 Busan National University Seoul Vikings 14 - 6 Kyungil University Stadium
20 2014.11.30 Samsung BlueStorm DongEui University 7 - 6 Geoje Samsung Heavy Industries Stadium
21 2015.12.6 Seoul Golden Eagles DongEui University 27 - 6 Seoul National University Stadium
22 2016.12.4 DongEui University Daegu Phoenix 17 - 6 Kyungpook National University Stadium

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